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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Life, death and piety are the recurring themes in hauntingly beautiful alabados preserved by lay brothers called penitentes. “You have to feel them,” one says. “You have to feel them in your soul.”
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · One of the most respected figures in Latin music, the salsa singer had deep roots in both Puerto Rico and New York, where he influenced a younger generation of musicians.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Few artists thrill and captivate live as much as Rodrigo y Gabriela. So it’s fitting that the duo’s new video, for “The Russian Messenger,” is a no-frills performance highlighting their guitar work.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · When she’s not touring the world with her band or playing impromptu sets on public transit, Rupa Marya is an internist at a San Francisco hospital.
 

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April 5, 2014 | NPR · The sound of the island nation underwent dramatic changes in the 1960s and ’70s, taking on aspects of psychedelia and jazz fusion. A trove of lost music from that era is now available.
 

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April 2, 2014 | WXPN · The Grammy-winning band from Northern Mali performs two sparse songs from its new album, Emmaar.
 

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March 31, 2014 | NPR · Hear smash hits and intriguing tracks from Sudan, India, Nigeria and beyond — plus more than 900 versions of “Happy,” filmed around the world, that will get you dancing.
 

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March 26, 2014 | NPR · A quartet of talented percussionists — Sandeep Das, Shane Shanahan, Mark Suter and Joseph Gramley — create deep grooves out of their Silk Road Ensemble collaboration.
 

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March 26, 2014 | NPR · Watch the superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and many of his close friends from all over the world in action at a theatrical props warehouse in Brooklyn.
 

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March 23, 2014 | NPR · In contrast to what often grabs attention in electronic dance music, the duo’s seventh album is calm, serene, uncluttered and defiantly warm.
 

 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The military’s training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · Search teams are digging through ice and snow on Mount Everest in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing. Survivors say the avalanche was like being trapped in a cloud.
 

Arts & Life

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he’s not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR’s Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.
 

Music

April 19, 2014 | NPR · Canadian jazz saxophonist Christine Jensen has begun using a full “jazz orchestra” of up to 18 players, opening new horizons for her. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with Jensen about her new album, Habitat.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The songs, videos and musical moments that stopped the All Songs host in his tracks. This week: A cat video, a live double rainbow and all the soles you can shake a camera at.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · A young Pakistani musician treats the guitar as a percussion instrument — with surprisingly shimmering results. He also performs a piano piece he wrote at just 16.
 

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